The penultimate week of term has been a very exciting one. On Monday evening the A level and GCSE Art Craft and Design exhibition was open to the public. The standard of work this year is phenomenal and we are incredibly proud of the talent displayed by our students. The creativity and quality is such that many people have said that they would be keen to buy some of the pieces. The display will remain in place in our exhibition hall until the end of September. If you would like an opportunity to see it for yourself please contact us to make an appointment.  Due to current exam board legislation we are unable to post images until after the GCSE results have been made available.  Images will be posted in September.

The whole school took part in a huge range of activities during sports day on Tuesday. The weather was perfect, dry, not too hot and fairly cloudy. Students and staff were out all day and there was a fantastic, competitive atmosphere. It was great to see all students participating enthusiastically in various parts of the school during periods 1-4. For period 5, everyone came together on the field for the athletics events, which culminated in a departmental staff and sixth form student teams relay race, quite an event!

On Thursday, we welcomed around 280 new year 9 students for their induction days. We work very hard to ensure the smoothest transition possible for our new students and it is always a delight to see that, no matter how nervous they are when they arrive on Thursday morning, they leave smiling and confident on Friday afternoon having made new friends and looking forward to September. It was a pleasure to be able to greet so many parents on Thursday at our ‘Meet the Tutor’ evening and share something of the experience their children had over the transition days and our expectations for September.

The final week of term fast approaches and I would like to remind parents that students finish early on Friday 19th July at 1pm, and buses have been booked to arrive in time for the earlier finish.

 

Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher

 

Year 10 GCSE geography students completed their physical fieldwork this week at Epping Forest, Essex. With quadrats and tape measures in tow and the sun shining, students set to work collecting data, which they will use in their Paper 3 exam. Everyone really got stuck into their fieldwork and have developed their understanding of a small-scale ecosystem. Not to forget the geography mascot, Globey also came along to keep students and staff company! Another group are out on the field trip today and we wish them the same success.

 

It is a very busy time of year and some students from Year 10 are also on a Maths visit today at the University of Bedfordshire. It was a delight to welcome back so many Year 11 students on Monday as the new Year 12 for their induction and students from Potton Middle school visited on Tuesday, as they will be away in Paris for our full Year 8 into 9 Induction on Thursday and Friday next week.

Yesterday we welcomed the new teachers who will be joining us in September for a comprehensive induction programme. I am truly thrilled to have appointed a number of exceptionally strong and capable teachers and leaders for the new academic year. It was a pleasure for us to work with them yesterday and we are all looking forward to working together in September.


We are looking forward to the Art exhibition on Monday 8th July and we would love to see as many parents there as possible. Please do come along any time between 3.30pm and 6pm to see the fabulous work of our talented students on display. The display has already been set up in the Exhibition Hall and I can assure you it is worth a visit.

 

Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher

 

 

As we approach the final few weeks of the academic year we are busy with events that celebrate the achievements of Stratton students across the year groups. On Thursday this week we congratulated the winners in Years 9 and 10 at our Awards Evening. It is always an honour to recognise the endeavour, achievements and perseverance of so many students in the presence of their family.

After the awards evening I joined other staff at the Year 13 leavers Ball at Wyboston to say farewell to this amazing group of young people who are about to embark on the next stage of their lives. Then tonight (Friday) we will be at Knebworth celebrating with the outgoing Year 11 at their prom before welcoming most of them back to school for their Sixth Form induction day on Monday!

The new positive rewards system in now well embedded and it is a delight to see students looking for their names on the weekly list of winners. Each week there is an overall ‘student of the week’ for each year group as well as ‘form group of the week’ and ‘subject student of the week’ winners. These totals will eventually contribute towards some students having the chance to win some quite significant prizes, which I am sure is helping to keep many of them motivated.

There are still a number of trips, visits and other activities to pack in before the end of term, so there is plenty to keep the students engaged in their lessons and learning beyond the classroom, right up to the last day.

 

Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher

 

 

Yesterday evening our magnificent sports field hosted the first ever Stratton Arts Festival showcasing music, dance and drama performances as well as a host of other activities. Despite the weather not being typical for June, we were delighted with the turnout of friends and family who came to support the performers from both Stratton and local middle schools. It takes a huge amount of planning and organisation to run an event like this and it was simply an astonishing team effort involving many staff and students from across the school.

We are very grateful to local businesses who supported the event, as without them we would not have been able to achieve something of this scale. There is so much talent among our local young people, the opportunity to perform at an event like this is both daunting and exciting, and this in turn builds confidence and self-esteem. We are very proud of what they have all achieved and it was great to see so many middle schools involved as well.

Thank you to everyone involved in planning, organising, running stalls and performing – get ready for next year!

I wanted to take this opportunity to say just how pleased we are with the focus and hard work of students in Years 9 and 10 since they stared their new timetable in June. I have seen students really engaged in their lessons and fully participating in activities, creating a very positive learning environment. Much of this is down to teachers planning interesting and challenging lessons and I would like to thank them for keeping up the momentum this half term.

 

Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher

 

We are fast approaching the end of the exam season with the final GCSE exam on Tuesday and the A level exams will be finishing on 24th June. We wish all our Year 11 and 13 students a wonderful summer when they are finally able to relax.

On Thursday we were delighted to host our local Year 7 & 8 middle school pupils in the 4th annual Bake off competition. We had some fantastic entries by the students, so the judges had a very difficult decision to make, but thoroughly enjoyed the process.  The winning cake was number 5.

Mrs Walton and Mr Warburton took a number of Year 9 and 10 students to Oxford University this week.  They visited St. Edmund Hall at Oxford University.  Whilst there they had a tour of the college which included the beautiful quad, the library (where they have every book ever published in the UK) and the servery.  The students had the opportunity to meet with current Oxford students to find out what life is really like at one of the most prestigious universities in the world.  They were told that their GCSE results were of key importance for any Oxbridge application.  They are looking for committed and enthusiastic students who go above and beyond the GCSE and A Level course requirements.  They were encouraged to read around the subjects, look for summer courses run by both Oxford and Cambridge, attend extra-curricular clubs and have an awareness of developments in their subject.  It was a great day and the students were a real credit to the school.

Finally we are very excited to be running our first ever Stratton Festival! So please do remember the date is next Thursday, 20th June. We are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather and would love to see as many of you there as possible. Please buy your tickets now from www.ticketsource.co.uk/strattonupperschool to avoid disappointment.

 

 

Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher

 

It’s been a great start to the final half term of the academic year. There is tremendous focus and energy in lessons as students are now on their timetables for the new academic year, which is particularly exciting for Year 9 starting their GCSE courses.

 I thought it would be good to share some highlights from the fantastic week of fun, mud and water that was shared by 44 Year 9 students and 4 staff members on the Blue Peris trip. Students learnt many new skills and I am sure that parents were particularly pleased that this included making their own beds, washing up and using a vacuum cleaner.

Activities included canoe paddling on the local Llyn Padern, learning to trust and help others although many students struggled to stay dry. The pass of Llanberis enabled students to work on pushing themselves out of their comfort zone and all managed the climb with many overcoming their fear of heights! At Afon Ddu Gorge, pupils enjoyed scrambling over the rocks, crawling through crevices and sliding down waterfalls. Coasteering gave the thrill seekers of the group a chance to leap from cliffs and traverse the rocky shoreline.

 The week was finished off with an evening of karaoke that the group will never forget and ended with an epic group rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody.  

 All students were a real credit to the school and made the trip a week to remember. Although very enjoyable, it is also hard work for staff and I would like to thank Mr Lattimer, Miss Parmar, Miss Webb and Mr Stevenson for giving their time and energy to make the trip such a success.

 On Thursday we were very proud of some excellent performances from all our athletes who attended the Bedford School Multi Athletics event. Well done to everyone involved.

 

Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher

 

 

This week we are very proud of our Year 10 cricket team who on Tuesday beat Redborne Upper School by 11 runs. Tom and Ronan deserve a special mention for being top for wickets taken and runs scored respectively.

The Year 9 students at Blue Peris are getting stuck into all the activities and it’s great to see them really challenging themselves while having lots of fun along the way. You can follow them on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/strattonupper

I am sure that all our Year 11 and sixth form students will be glad of the break from exams next week and we would like to remind them that the pre-exam breakfasts for morning exams will continue after half-term.

Wishing you a fabulous bank holiday weekend and we look forward to students returning to school on Monday 3rd June.

 

Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher

The summer exam season is now in full swing and we are very proud of the way Year 11 and our A level students have approached their exams. With a good number of core GCSE exams this week, it is good to see the students smiling and generally feeling confident. Next stop, the Year 11 prom and Year 13 leavers’ ball which I know they are all looking forward to.

 

Mrs Lawrence, our school Librarian needs your help!

Stratton School has an amazing Library for our students and we would like your help in our quest to make it even more amazing. We would be grateful if you could fill in the nomination form in the link below to help us get even more books for our Library (the more nominations we get the more likely we are to win).  If we get the most nominations, it will mean £5,000 worth of new books for our Library, an amazing resource for our students. https://www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools#.facebook.

Thank you in advance for all your support of our school Library.

 

With one more week to go before the half term break, I would like to take the opportunity to remind parents that we roll our timetable over to next year’s from June, so Year 9 will be starting their GCSE courses in earnest from then. I know many Year 9 students are looking forward to Blue Peris next week and we wish them well for their outdoor adventures.

 

Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher

Today we formally say good-bye to our Year 13 and Year 11 students who begin study leave in preparation for their GCSE and A level exams that start in earnest next week.

As Year 13 depart, we are delighted to announce our new Head Students Andrew Barnes, Emmanuel Chapman, Katie Walmsley Smith, Elsinea De Beer, Finlay Woodward and Ava Kernan.   Following a rigorous selection process, we are convinced that this team of students will contribute to the whole school community and be excellent role models for the younger years.

Each year group celebrates in their own unique way to share memories, commemorate their time at Stratton and applaud individual achievements. It is a day of mixed emotions for students as well as staff; we will miss them but wish everyone all the very best of luck for the exams and whatever they aspire for in the future.

On Thursday 20th June 2019 we will be holding the first ever Stratton Festival from 7pm – 9pm on the school field.  This will be a fabulous occasion for all the family with live entertainment from our talented Musicians, Actors and Dancers, stalls to soak the teacher, face painting and a whole host of other activities.  Tickets will be available to buy on Ticketsource.co.uk from Monday 13th May.  In order to weatherproof the event we are also looking for marquees and gazebos.  If anyone can help with this please contact Mrs Lawson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We hope the weather will be fine and that you will be able to join us.

 

Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher

Over the Easter break the Science Department hosted a team from Cambridge Assessment International Education who came to record their new video resources for their international science qualifications. The team were very impressed with the new facilities in the Stratton Science Centre, which they said provided a fabulous setting for the filming. Liz Duncombe, the Development Manager and former teacher at Stratton, was also very complementary about the Science Technicians, Andrew Peacock and Jackie Cooper who liaised with the team in advance and supported them throughout the project. We are very grateful that the Cambridge International team generously donated a significant amount of equipment that will be used for practical work at GCSE and A level.

On Tuesday 30th April, Year 12 drama students went over to Willington Peace Memorial hall to perform the murder mystery again, this time for Willington History Society. The group had a lovely evening and the performance was superb, only 2 teams managed to work out who the killer was! Thank you to the History Society for inviting the students to perform and for the donation of £50 towards new equipment for the drama studio.

GCSE and A level practical and oral language exams have been taking place over recent weeks and the written papers start in force from the 13th May. We therefore will be seeing Year 11 and 13 off on study leave next Friday 10th May. This is always an emotional as well as happy and exciting occasion for both staff as well as students. Year 11 will be dressed in formal attire and will have a farewell assembly after break. Year 13 will be dressed in Hawaiian outfits and from period 3 will take part in activities, followed by a farewell lunch and assembly in a suitably decorated common room. We wish both year groups a focussed and enjoyable final week of formal studies.

 

Ms Roz Hodges
Interim Headteacher

 

Drama students dressed up ready to play their part in the murder mystery evening.